The International AIDS Conference will be hosted by the historical and beautiful city of Vienna this year! The city, well known for being the birthplace of the neurologist Sigmund Freud, the painter Gustav Klimt, and the composer Franz Schubert, will from the 18th to the 23rd July bring together those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
This week long conference will provide an excellent opportunity for health NGOs, advocates and scientists to bring together the latest information, lessons learnt and exciting opportunities for open discussions, on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A prominent focus to this years’ conference will be on women’s and maternal health and tuberculosis (TB). Both the Stop TB Department and the ACTION Project will be in heavy force during the conference to present data and instigate insightful discussions into the threat that HIV-TB co-infection and multiple drug resistant tuberculosis poses on a global scale, especially to women.
With the global economic crisis threatening to undermine public investments, particularly in the run up to replenishments of both the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the conference is a chance to demonstrate the importance and impact of continued HIV investments into broader health goals especially now, with only five years remaining till the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.
In the UK, the Coalition Government is in the process of assessing and justifying its ring fenced budget for international development at a time of fiscal restraint through its bilateral and multilateral aid review. This is an important time to highlight that institutions like the Global Fund are primed to take a lead on health, and the importance of their continued financial support by donor governments, in combating not only HIV and AIDS but also tuberculosis, which hugely impacts on women’s health and therefore the health of her family and continues to keep people in poverty.
RESULTS staff will be present throughout the conference and will be providing updates on the numerous exciting opportunities and events at the conference this year!